Trench Rossi Watanabe has promoted lawyer Fabio Capobianco (pictured left) to partner in the public and regulatory law practice and appointed Tulio Coelho (pictured center) as coordinating partner of the Brasília office, where he is responsible for the legal and administrative teams, and strategically acts before the Higher Courts, besides participating in discussions with practices and clients about this local performance.
In February, the firm also hired partner Francisco Niclós Negrão (pictured right) to act, alongside Paulo Casagrande, as the leader of the Antitrust and International Trade group. The lawyer’s arrival expanded the firm’s capacity to handle international trade issues, a move aligned with the context of a change in government and new perspectives in the economic scenario, as well as preparations for a possible rise of Brazil to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
With the changes, the firm now has 54 partners.
Fabio Capobianco has been with the firm since 2010 and was appointed with the goal of strengthening the public law practice and consulting for clients in the area. He has represented clients from different industries in courts and before governmental authorities, including technology, petrochemical, energy, port, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, automotive and food companies. Focusing on disputes involving public and regulatory law, he has also acted in several cases involving administrative improbity, anti-corruption, cartel, bidding, sanitary issues, vaccination debates, and discussions about controlled products, municipal licensing, and expropriation, among other relevant cases. He graduated in Law from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and has post-graduate degrees in Economic and Regulatory Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Civil Procedural Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Tulio Coelho is the founder of the firm in Brasília and had served as a consulting partner since 2015. In his new position, he now leads the strategic litigation practice before the Superior Courts and participates in discussions with practices and clients with an interest in this area. With 40 years of experience as a lawyer in Brazil and 30 years in the antitrust practice, he advises Brazilian and multinational clients in cases of great relevance and complexity. For years he has been recognized by Global Competition Review and Chambers and Partners as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Brazil, as well as in the corporate practice in the Federal District, achieving recognition as an Elite, Tier 1 and Senior Statesman.
Francisco Niclós Negrão has nearly 20 years of experience in handling complex cases in the areas of international trade and antitrust. He has also had experience in the public sector, as a server at the National Treasury Secretariat. In addition to his law degree from Centro Universitário de Brasília, he also holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Brandeis University, in the United States, and a specialization degree from Università Bocconi, in Italy.